Zach Mettenberger isn’t a Pittsburgh Steelers QB anymore
PITTSBURGH — General manager Kevin Colbert promised cuts.
Zach Mettenberger is the first.
The Pittsburgh Steelers released the backup quarterback in a move announced Monday as they begin the trimming of their 90-man offseason roster.
The former LSU and Tennessee Titans signal caller was firmly entrenched behind Landry Jones on the Steelers’ quarterback depth chart.
Pittsburgh was at the 90-man limit on its offseason roster after signing nine undrafted rookie free agents on Saturday. Draft picks don’t count against the 90-man roster until they’re signed, but to ink their selections, the Steelers had to release players.
Colbert explained on Saturday that Pittsburgh would cut players because they thought their undrafted rookie free agent signings were better. The Steelers signed Clemson backup quarterback Nick Schuessler on Saturday.
Pittsburgh began Phase 3 of offseason training, which allows football coaches onto the field, on Monday. Rookie minicamp begins May 12.
Mettenberger would not have been eligible to throw in the camp. Schuessler and fourth-round pick Josh Dobbs are.
Steelers 2017 NFL Draft picks
1st round: No. 30 overall – T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
2nd round: No. 62 overall – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
3rd round: No. 94 overall – Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
No. 105 overall – James Conner, RB, Pitt
4th round: No. 135 overall – Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
5th round: No. 173 overall – Brian Allen, CB, Utah
6th round: No. 213 overall – Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
7th round: No. 248 overall – Keion Adams, OLB, Western Michigan
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